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From Aug 2006 - Nov 2013 WeDig provided a live forum for diggers & fans of Vindolanda. It has now been mothballed and will be maintained as a live archive.

Here you will find preserved 7 years of conversation, photos, & knowledge about a site many people love. Vindolanda gets under the skin. (Figuratively and literally as a volunteer excavator!) It's a place you remember, filled with people you remember!

Thanks for 7 great years!

2010 T-Shirt Colour Preference
Well, with that epic campaign finally over I suppose the shirts will get ordered.
They really are rather nice, any chance individual diggers could order an extra one?
I imagine the Trust usually just prints up one per digger, but maybe there are a few extras. Or could be?

Tim Wolter

1st record of the Wall
The writers of late antiquity leave much to be desired as historians. I always feel as if they knew much more than they let on. Wouldn't a book of "Tales heard in the countryside" have been great stuff? If only to bring us a few more details to our legends.
But, no, the eccesiastical historians were less interested in this world, and more concerned with the doings of the Saints on earth and the World to come.
Bede is bad. Gildas, I could just slap him.
Also, in antiquity up until the late middle ages, it was considered good scholarship to just quote whatever source had written about it before. If Aristotle or Galen or Augustine of Hippo said it, well, you should just copy it over and add a little local color.
It seems so gullible to us later folks.
If Bede and Gildas were around today they would likely be sending a lot of money to Nigerian princes that contacted them by email.

Tim Wolter

1st record of the Wall
hmmmm
Didn't the Venerable Bede leave a fairly clear description of the Wall? Surely he would have seen it.
Tim Wolter

Two vicus questions for anyone in the know
Eric

Barring discovery of some implausible Historia Vindolandicus at the bottom of a well, we will be left with speculation on the question. Yours seem well reasoned.

But, in defense of the "home team", it should be noted that neither Vindolanda nor to my knowlege any of the major Wall forts were ever sacked in a fashion that has been archeologically obvious. So to base their competence on the straightness of their masonry seems a bit harsh.

Of course, there are lots of plausible scenarios that reconcile incompetence and survival.

1. Barbarian hordes streaming past on their way to sack York, making rude Monty Python taunts "You Empty Headed Cleaners of Latrini!"
2. Barbarian hordes streaming past shouting "Thanks cousin Hafnir, we'll bring you something from Londinium!"
3. A very efficient system for bribing the local tribes so that they do not annoy the Boy Scout garrison.

Tim Wolter

May 23-27 diggers
Justin
We are all chafing!
In a bit we are planning on posting a "by the week" roster that people can feel free to sign onto if they wish. Beyond sociability, it might help expedite shared rides and so forth.
Tim Wolter